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Hendon Hooker is biggest threat to CJ Stroud


AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 15: Bijan Robinson #5 of the Texas Longhorns gives a stiff arm to Anthony Johnson Jr. #1 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

In Week 7, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker proved why he is a true threat to win the Heisman Trophy over Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud.

There are seven weeks of the 2022 college football season in the books, and we are getting that much closer not just to bowl game season, but to the year-end awards season. Perhaps the most anticipated award is the Heisman Trophy.

Early on in the season, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud play helped him become the favorite to win the award. But he may have some competition in the form of Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, who not only played very well so far this season, but he played a role in Alabama suffering their first loss of the season.

After Week 7, did Hooker overtake Stroud in the rankings? Let’s take a look at the Top 10 rankings for the Heisman.

Heisman Trophy Power Rankings, Week 7 edition

10.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are a sleeper team this season, as they were 5-1 on the year entering Week 7. That is due in part to the ridiculous play of running back Chase Brown, who has rushing for triple digit yardage every single game this season

Facing off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Brown ran for 180 yards on 41 carries (!) and caught three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in the 26-14 victory.

Entering the game, Brown 879 yards and four touchdowns on 151 carries. In six games, Brown has put up an average of 146.5 rushing yards!

Brown does deserve some Heisman love for his play this season. He next plays in Week 9, when Illinois takes on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

9.

When it comes to Bijan Robinson, fans expect him to be in contention for the Heisman Trophy. He is putting up solid numbers once again in 2022, and he did so in Week 7 while taking on the Iowa State Cyclones.

Robinson picked up a total of 135 rushing yards on 28 carries, with his longest run of the game measuring at 25-yards. The running back also caught four passes from quarterback Quinn Ewers for 36 yards. Texas picked up the 24-21 victory to improve to 5-2 on the season.

Entering Week 7, Robinson had recorded 645 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 110 carries, along with 12 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown.

Robinson will play next week, when Texas takes on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.



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